May 02 2014

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Book Review: Telling Yourself the Truth

Telling Yourself the Truth

The title of the book intrigued me. It sounds like a good idea, but how does one go about doing it? What impact does telling yourself the truth have? The book boasted the claim of life-transformation. I was willing to entertain the possibility. Here is what I discovered:

  • I get stuck in a funk simply because I am caught in untrue negative thoughts.
  • I can move past a stuck spot by walking through the process of questioning my thoughts and applying the truth.
  • Because telling myself the truth is new, I still get caught up in the emotion before I realize I have a choice to think and feel differently.
  • I naturally “awful-ize” (think something is absolutely awful) a situation rather than see it for what it truly is, which is unpleasant.
  • It takes a mountain of effort to make the mental shift from misbelief to truth, but the result is empowering, positively empowering.

When I first started reading the book, the thought the principle of how to move from misbelief repetitious and overly simple. But as I continued to read, I saw the benefit of the repetition. The basics are the same, but that takes time to see how to apply it to each situation. By the end of the book, I felt equipped to apply the principles to my life even more.

Is Telling Yourself the Truth for you?

Yes. Everyone struggles with the issue of misbelief. The amount varies from person to person but we all have difficulties because of misbelief. This book does come from a Christan perspective. While I see the work of God in one's life as an asset–and an essential component for getting the most out of the book–the principles found in the book could, if applied, help anyone.

As I read, I was concerned about those who need other means of psychological aid to work through difficult emotional trama or struggle. There are true psycho-physiological reasons and circumstances why a person cannot tell himself the truth without other help. It wasn't until the end of the book that I read the authors' validation of other methods of counseling. (This is appropriate because the book is about telling yourself the truth rather than a book about various methods of emotional healing.) If I thought the authors were rejecting medical treatment, I couldn't recommend the book. Within the context of addressing the whole person, this is one valuable tool.


Note: I was given a free copy of this book to review from Bethany House Publishers. My opinion is my own. Unlike a biased view of my kids (the best in the world), the review is my honest thoughts and reflections. This post contains affiliate links.


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